Saturday, November 21, 2009

I'm a sketching fool

I did all of these sketches, except the unfinished eucalyptus leaves at the top, at last week's plein air group. From top to bottom: a colored pencil drawing of eucalyptus leaves that I started today during my local "saturday painters" group, using some leaves that I found in the community garden. Next is a pencil sketch of a scarecrow. Below that: me, working hard in the community garden (drawing, not gardening). Next, corn stalks drawn in fine-tipped sepia marker. Last, a partially shaded-in pencil drawing of an artichoke plant.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Another plein air outing

Last week, the plein air painters met at a small community garden in El Granada. After a couple of hours, we set up our work in a wooden table there. My color pencil sketches are on the right (back row). I'm trying to learn how to do layering as my botanical art teacher has explained it, this is not easy.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Tree tunnel

You can see why I call this the "tree tunnel." It's the same place I sketched last week, only this time I concentrated on a wonderful avenue of bent-over trees. The photo shows the view that I drew in my ink pen sketch.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Weekend fun

Here I am last week, sketching in the shade of big gnarled trees near the beach. I broke off a small branch of one of the trees that had a lot of interesting round pinecones on it, and brought it home to sketch later. You can see my efforts in the second photo.